Re-Discovering Ancient Wisdom and Healing for your First Forty Days
Traditional postpartum doula care focuses on nurturing, nourishing, honoring and celebrating the new mother. It is an age-old, cross-cultural understanding that with the proper hands-on care and support, new families will flourish and grow into their new roles of parenthood. Enhance your healing journey with the nourishing postpartum traditions below.
Nourishing Postpartum Foods
This is a service that I provide my clients through postpartum care packages prepared in my home or your home. Postpartum foods across the world share similar features- warm and warming ingredients, soft, highly nourishing and easily digested foods, and herbs/spices that help promote healing for the new mother. Through proper nourishment, a new mother can work on feeding her new child and healing herself mentally, emotionally and physically. Highly nourishing postpartum foods is the first step in preparing for a healthy postpartum.
Moroccan Hamam & Closing the Bones Ceremony
This postpartum ritual bath is done in the privacy of your home. It is a way of bringing warmth and healing to the new mother. In this ritual bath, the postpartum woman is bathed and exfoliated from head to toe with natural clays and soaps, and rubbed with extra virgin olive oil to help her relax and heal from the powerful work of pregnancy, birth and new motherhood. It is a highly relaxing technique to help her release her high-energy state and unwind into a calmer state. The Moroccan Hamam also includes an optional Moroccan herbal womb steam, a massage-like rub of the arms and legs, a warming drink served on a ceremonial tray and the Closing the Bones Ceremony.
Closing the Bones Ceremony
Closing the Bones is an age-old ritual practiced across many ancient cultures ( Moroccan, Mexican, Russian, etc) for new mothers. Each culture practices with it's own unique variation. In Moroccan postpartum medicine, this healing ritual is done with the use of a traditional cloth, a kourziya. The postpartum woman is 'swaddled', 'closed' and 'pulled' from head to toes, aiming to help the body slowly go back to the pre-pregnancy state. The closing also helps to mark the end of the pregnancy and birth phase where the body had opened wide to allow for a new being and their birth. It is a physical, emotional and spiritual release and can significantly help in a new mother's relaxation. It is usually combined with the Hamam, but can be performed separately, along with the olive oil massage-like rub of the arms and legs, a warming herbal drink and an optional Moroccan womb steam.